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An Unholy Agenda

There are several trains of thought running throughout the social media world these days. Each camp is accusing others of having, what I’ll refer to as, an unholy agenda. What I mean by that is an agenda or some sort of diabolical plot to force the masses into a certain way of thinking. A particular way of believing and acting.

There are the folks on the right who are convinced that everything happening is designed to affect the upcoming election so the liberals win. Of course, the folks on the left are touting the same thing. Still others are buying any and all conspiracy theories about the major unseen players who are pulling the strings that control every nation on the planet. I’ve noticed something. The wilder, the more unbelievable the theory, the quicker people are to grab hold of it and blab it to the four winds.

And again, there are some people  mixing ideologies from the right and the left, creating a myriad of ”hybrid” groups; each with their own particular agenda.

I’d like to address the unholy agenda issue by saying each group is correct. The others do have an unholy agenda, and they are extremely focused and disciplined in seeing their agenda come to fruition. 

But guess what? 

There are really only two camps, two groups, two agendas. Only two. 

All those I’ve mentioned belong to one group. Their goal is to have their own way. To make a world that’s governed according to their personal beliefs. After all, their beliefs are the correct beliefs. Just ask them. 

Whether  they are right, left, or middle; all are right in their own eyes. 

And they each have an agenda.

Remember the conspiracy group? The one’s who believe there are string-pullers behind the scenes? Well,  they’re probably more accurate than the other groups. 

Because there is someone with THE unholy agenda who only wants to steal, kill, and destroy. He’s after control, and ultimately to be worshipped as god. He’s been working his plan since before the garden of Eden and is very much focused on seeing it come to pass.

And he’s using all these agendas as a diversion; to keep those who belong to the Most High God, Who alone has mankind’s best interest in mind, out of the way of righteous and holy warfare.

Many of God’s people seem to have chosen a political side and damn the others. Or maybe another, more accurate way to say it is ”to hell with the others who aren’t in my camp.”

It’s so very sad, but I believe it’s the truth.

People of God, it’s past time to shake ourselves free from every unholy agenda; every unholy alliance. God has called us to choose His ways and thoughts. He’s told us to seek FIRST the Kingdom of God. He’s demonstrated how He expects us to love the world.

To focus on His holy agenda will require us to lay down our rights and the opinions that keep us from engaging in His business of worldwide evangelism and discipleship. 

We cannot free the one’s trapped in darkness if we don’t walk in the light. And we can’t walk in the light if we won’t walk in love. 

There’s coming a day when all we’re experiencing will be history. Eternity will have arrived. There will only be two camps remaining.

The righteous and the damned. 

I’ve heard it said that this coming election is the most important one in the history of our nation. Maybe so. 

But there’s something far more important than an election. It’s the condition of our world’s souls.

Can’t we set aside our fussing and fighting about our ”rights” and instead pick up God’s Holy Agenda?

”To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 1:11 – 1:12 ESV)

What’s Wrong With Sin?

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How can anything that seems so right, be so wrong?

Sin? Really?

What’s wrong with sin?

Who has the right to call something an offense against religious or moral law, or an action that is or is felt to be highly reprehensible, or an often serious shortcoming?

What’s wrong with sin? 

I could say something like it’s an affront against the holiness of God, but what’s that really mean?

Does it mean God is against you and I feeling fine, having fun, and just living like there’s no tomorrow? No Day of Reckoning?

No.

So what’s wrong with sin?

Maybe God’s still mad at what Adam and Eve did those many years ago. No, for His anger and justice was satisfied through the cross of Christ.

I ask you again, what’s wrong with sin?

Maybe I should ask it several other ways.

What’s wrong with putting water in your car’s gas tank?

What’s wrong with eating rat poison?

What’s wrong with sleeping on a railroad track when it’s time for the next train?

What’s wrong with jumping off the top of the largest building in town, completely ignoring the law of gravity?

What’s wrong with sin?

What’s wrong? We weren’t created for it. It goes against our original nature, and creates disharmony between the Creator and His creation.

We were created for harmony with God, with others, and with all God calls holy and just.

So, what’s wrong with sin? Everything.

Who says? The Designer/Creator/Giver of Life.

That’s Who.

Just like the car manufacturer who has the audacity to say which kind of fuel we should use… and we pay attention…

… Like the maker of rat poison using fear tactics to keep us from enjoy a new and exciting experience. They actually have printed on the package “Poison”, “Keep out of the reach of children”, along with a picture of a skull and crossbones… and we put the stuff in a place not so readily available to our kids.

So maybe we should listen to the One Who made us?


The One Who loves us and gave His life a ransom for ours.


“For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT)

Am I Wrong To Say You’re Wrong?

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Am I wrong to say you’re wrong?

Am I judging you wrongfully if I use the same measure to judge myself?

Do you get angry at a compass, or a GPS device when it points you in the right direction? Is IT wrong to correct you? Shouldn’t that be considered as judging you?

Do you have the right to be wrong? If so, why would it be wrong for me to tell you you’re wrong? I’d only be agreeing with you.

How wrong can a person be before it starts taking its toll on them? Would it be wrong to say? Would it be wrong to just venture a guess?

How long will you travel west when you should be going east? And, are the road signs wrong for pointing the right way to your destination?

Is it wrong to love? Is it wrong to steal? Why is one wrong acceptable and the other wrong isn’t?

It’s wrong for me to love you enough to tell you the truth; that you’re wrong? But it’s right to tell a thief that they’re wrong?

Is it wrong to be confused?

Is God wrong when he tells us we’re wrong? If we never realize how wrong we are, how will we ever know how right he can make us?

If we always think we’re fine and dandy, will we be wrong to act surprised on The Judgment Day, when the books are opened?

Ignoring instruction, mocking the instructor and the prophet, never changes truth. It only mocks the one who clings to the wrong while abhorring the right.

Paul wrote:

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good (Romans 12:9 NLT).

Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law (Romans 13:10 NLT).

Is there some sort of standard for what is right so we’ll know what is wrong?

If I’m not wrong in saying this, the standard is God’s word; the scriptures. Even if I am wrong, the saying is right.

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right (2 Timothy 3:16 NLT).

These men turn from the right way to walk down dark paths. They take pleasure in doing wrong, and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil. Their actions are crooked, and their ways are wrong (Proverbs 2:13-15 NLT).

God has every right to tell us where we went wrong. He stands ready, willing, and able to make our wrongs right, if we’ll trust him with our whole heart.

People live at danger’s edge when they do wrong for so long, and with so much ease, that it doesn’t seem wrong. It is wrong not to recognize wrong.

It is wrong to not know what to hate, or what to love. And it’s wrong to know what is wrong, but defend the wrong as though it’s right.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right (Isaiah 5:20-23 ESV).

Wrong thinking never blesses; it only and always brings the curse.

Right thinking always yields to truth, even when truth reveals what’s wrong.

If wrong will simply yield to right, wrong’s future will be eternally bright!

Right!

It Seemed Good

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Some things really seem good, know what I mean?

But have you ever made a decision based on what “seemed good” then found out it wasn’t good? I have. I would bet you have, as well.

Adam and Eve looked at the tree, listened to the serpent, and acted on what seemed good. But it was SO bad!

It seemed good to King David, when he called for Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, to come and keep him company. But, again, it was bad.

It seemed good to Saul of Tarsus to persecute Christians; he believed he was honoring God by his actions. Good in his eyes, but bad in God’s!

Everyone has the potential to make bad choices. Even what seems good can be dangerously bad.

Unless we hear from God.

Yes, God.

To those who will commit their lives to Him, allowing Him to have the final say in the decisions they must make, He, by His Spirit, has a precious way of letting them know that what seems good, is good! Some people call it hearing from God, receiving a witness, or getting God’s green light. I simply say, “it seems good to me AND the Holy Spirit!”

Hallelujah.


“For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us…” (Acts 15:28 NLT)

God is the One Who knows what is good or bad. Good looking fruit hanging from a forbidden tree still means bad fruit. Power and authority to do as one pleases doesn’t necessarily guarantee good ideas or decisions. Passion isn’t the litmus test for whether an action is right or wrong. Someone can believe something so strongly, so passionately; but passionately bad, passionately wrong, is still not good.

For something to seem good AND BE good, we MUST find out what God thinks about it. If it seems good to Him, don’t be afraid to step out in faith.

If it doesn’t, find something else to do.

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